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 THE   UNIVERSITY    OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
Vancouver Senate Secretariat
Senate and Curriculum Services
Enrolment Services
2016-1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
www.senate.ubc.ca
VANCOUVER SENATE
MINUTES OF DECEMBER 10, 1997
Attendance
Present: President M. C. Piper (Chair), Vice President Academic D. R. Birch, Dean F. S. Abbott, Dr. P.
Adebar, Acting Dean D. R. Atkins, Mr. T. Au Yeung, Dr. I. Benbasat, Dr. J. D. Berger, Dean J. Blom, Dr.
G. W. Bluman, Mr. P. T. Brady, Dr. P. C. Burns, Dean J. Cairns, Ms. L. Chui, Dr. V. Froese, Dr. J. H. V.
Gilbert, Dr. V. Gomel, Mr. C. L. Gorman, Dean F. Granot, Mr. H. D. Gray, Dr. A. G. Hannam, Rev. J.
Hanrahan, Dr. P. G. Harrison, Dean M. Isaacson, Dr. M. R. Ito, Dr. V. J. Kirkness, Dr. S. B. Knight, Ms. S.
Lerchs, Mr. D. K. Leung, Dr. M. Levine, Mr. L. P. L. Lo, Mr. R. W. Lowe, Dr. D. M. Lyster, Dr. D. J.
MacDougall, Dr. M. MacEntee, Dr. P. L. Marshall, Dr. K. May, Dr. W. R. McMaster, Mr. W. McMichael,
Mr. S. Mui, Mr. B. Murphy, Dean S. Neuman, Mr. J. Nobbs-Lhiessen, Mr. V. Pacradouni, Mr. R. L. de
Pfyffer, Dr. W. J. Phillips, Dean M. Quayle, Dr. H. J. Rosengarten, Dr. R. W. Schutz, Dean N. Sheehan, Dr.
C. E. Slonecker, Ms. N. Sonik, Dr. M. Lhompson, Mr. A. Lse, Dr. W. Uegama, Mr. D. R. Verma, Dr. D.
Ll. Williams, Dr. R. A. Yaworsky.
Regrets: Chancellor W. L. Sauder, Dean C. S. Binkley, Professor P. L. Burns, Mr. A. Chui, Dr. F. G.
Herring, Mr. J. Keng, Mr. A. Kwong, Ms. E. Lai, Ms. G. Lau, Mr. O. C. W. Lau, Professor P. L. K. Lin,
Mr. S. Lohachitranont, Dean B. C. McBride, Mr. W. B. McNulty, Mr. G. Podersky-Cannon, Ms. C.
Quinlan, Professor J. A. Rice, Dr. H. B. Richer, Dr. D. P. Rolfsen, Mr. A. H. Soroka, Ms. L. M. Sparrow,
Dr. J. R. Lhompson, Dr. S. Lhorne, Dr. J. Vanderstoep, Dr. P. A. Vertinsky, Dr. W. C. Wright Jr., Dean E.
H. K. Yen.
Minutes of the previous meeting
Dr. Gilbert l        That the minutes of the third regular meeting
Dr. Berger J        of Senate for the Session 1997-98, having been
circulated, be taken as read and adopted.
Carried.
Business arising from the Minutes
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLMENT (P. 11723, 11745)
A report prepared by the Registrar, Dr. Spencer, summarizing the enrolment of new and
continuing international students in graduate programs, beginning in the 1995 Summer
Session, was presented for information.
11772
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Business arising from the Minutes
ACCOUNTABILITY OF ADVISORS (P.11755)
At the previous meeting, the question of whether the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising, or
another committee of Senate, should be asked to look into the issue of accountability of
advisors, was referred to the Senate Agenda Committee.
The Agenda committee recommended that this issue be referred to the Senate Academic
Policy Committee.
Dean Isaacson i        That the issue of accountability of advisors be
Ms. Sonik J        referred to the Senate Academic Policy
Committee.
Carried.
In view of the fact that this issue had been referred to the Senate Academic Policy
Committee, Dr. Rosengarten moved the following motion:
Dr. Rosengarten i        That the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising be
Mr. Gorman J        dissolved.
Carried.
MOTION ON THE REVIEW OF THE DEFINITION AND USES OF "FULL-TIME" AND
"PART-TIME" STATUS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (P.11758)
Mr. Murphy reminded Senate that a motion had been passed at the previous meeting
changing the regulations regarding scholarships and awards. This made the regulations
equitable for all students, standardizing the regulations be independent of program
specifications. Mr. Murphy explained that there are a variety of definitions of "full-time"
and "part-time" students in the Calendar and that the intent of the motion, therefore, was
to ensure that equitable standards are applied in defining "full-time" and "part-time"
status for undergraduate students.
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Chair's remarks and related questions
Mr. Murphy i        That the definitions and uses of "full-time"
Ms. Lerchs i        an^ "part-time" status for undergraduate
students at the University be reviewed to
ensure that they are uniform, consistent, and
appropriate for all applicable purposes, and
that they are equitable, to the greatest possible
extent, for all students.
Dean Isaacson i        That the motion be referred to the Senate
Dr. Williams J       Academic Policy Committee for consideration.
Carried.
Chair's remarks and related questions
DR. DANIEL R. BIRCH, VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AND PROVOST
President Piper paid tribute to Vice President Birch on the occasion of his last Senate
meeting. In presenting Dr. Birch with a certificate of appreciation, the President noted
that he had served on Senate from 1981 to 1997, and that it was fitting to honour,
recognize, and acknowledge Dr. Birch for his service not only to the Senate but to the
University, the campus community, the external community, students, staff and faculty.
Dr. Piper asked Senate to join her in acknowledging Dr. Birch's able leadership,
outstanding scholarship, incredible vision and ability during his twelve years as Vice
President Academic, and particularly in acknowledging his contributions as a senator for
sixteen years.
Members of Senate gave Dr. Birch a standing ovation.
APEC
The President made the following statement concerning events which occurred on the
UBC campus during the APEC conference.
As you know, the APEC Economic Leaders' meeting held recently on the UBC campus
generated a great deal of interest, information, discussion, controversy and debate
both on our campus and across the country. In the midst of all this activity it became
clear that there was a real concern about the role UBC played in the APEC meeting on
campus; and to address that issue I would like to make the following points:
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Chair's remarks and related questions
UBC served as the venue for the event, not as the host. Throughout the entire
conference, UBC neither participated in the meetings nor greeted or interacted with
any of the visiting leaders, apart from our own Prime Minister.
Two sites were contracted by the federal government for use as gathering places: the
Museum of Anthropology and Norman MacKenzie House. For security reasons, the
University was asked to turn both sites over to the Federal Government several days
before the meeting of the heads of state. On the day of the meeting, I greeted the Prime
Minister at both sites. The Prime Minister then took over as host, and welcomed the
other leaders.
The arrangements for the APEC meeting at UBC began in 1996 with an undertaking
by Dr. David Strangway that UBC would serve as the venue. Subsequently UBC
entered into a contractual agreement with the Federal Government which stipulated
the services and facilities that would be provided, as well as the security areas
necessitated by a meeting of so many heads of state. In addition, the agreement
contained a clause that preserved the rights of students and campus members to free
speech, peaceful protest, and demonstration.
UBC fulfilled its contractual obligations in two ways: first, in allowing the Federal
Government to prepare the venues for the meeting, and secondly by working diligently
to safeguard the principles of free speech and peaceful protest.
The University's actions in addressing the issues of free speech and peaceful protest
included the following:
• informing the campus community at many meetings on APEC that the University is
fully committed to the exercise of civil and human rights within the law;
• correspondence with the Prime Minister which included direct references to the
University's concerns about these matters;
• strong representations to the RCMP, and later, government officials, arguing that
the University required a protest/demonstration area, adequate in size, that would
be visible to the leaders as they entered the campus;
• personal intervention with the Prime Minister's office during the weekend
preceding APEC, to ensure that the viewing area would be adequate in size, visible
to the heads of state while satisfying appropriate security requirements;
• UBC intervention to ensure that a UBC student journalist was accredited as part of
the international media pool.
The actions of the police with respect to the APEC demonstrations and protests at
UBC have raised important accountability issues that need to be reviewed. We have
already begun this process.
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Chair's remarks and related questions
On November 26, in a letter to campus, I issued a request for members of the
University who believe their rights or freedoms had been violated to contact my office
directly. As of Monday afternoon, 93 messages, ranging from expressions of concern
regarding police action to protests concerning the flying of particular flags, have been
received.
On December 8 I met with senior RCMP staff to review the actions of the police, and I
have requested a written report.
I shall also request access to the RCMP's formal review processes, once these are
completed, as they affect faculty, staff, and students.
I have written to our local member of Parliament, Mr. Ted McWhinney, supporting
his request to the Solicitor General of Canada to undertake a review of police actions
following receipt of the RCMP's internal report.
I have written the Presidents of both the Alma Mater Society and the Graduate
Student Society to indicate that the University is ready to provide $5,000 to each
student organization to support UBC students. The funding is available to assist in
research, legal or otherwise, on the events of November 25.
We are reviewing the submissions received from campus to date in light of our
contractual agreement with the Federal Government, and will be deciding on
appropriate action after a review of all information, including the detailed report from
the RCMP. I will report any subsequent actions to Senate and the Board of Governors.
We are now organizing a post-APEC forum for the University community to discuss
the role of universities in events of this nature. The forum is scheduled for January 20,
1998 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. A small advisory group comprising
various campus constituents, including representatives from student groups, is being
formed to assist in planning the forum; those invited include:
Arnie Guhab (APEC University Forum)
Ryan Davies (AMS)
Kevin Dwyer (GSS)
Jonathan Oppenheim (APEC Alert)
Tinnie Chow (AIESEC)
Shirin Foroutan (International Relations)
Robert Blake (Faculty Association)
Sarah Dench (AAPS)
John Geppart (CUPE)
Mr. Pacradouni said that while he appreciated the explanation concerning the contractual
agreement, and the explanation that UBC was a venue, not a host, he felt that in the
media reports, including UBC Reports, that distinction was not crystal clear to either the
campus
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or the Vancouver community. He felt that most people probably perceived this in some
way as being an endorsement of APEC by UBC.
Mr. Nobbs-Thiessen suggested that the University's stance that the issue is whether or not
the terms of the contract were followed was looking away from the whole nature of the
problem, which was whether the contract should have been signed in the first place. He
said that the university has to show leadership in making sure that any contract it signs
has been adequately considered for the impact it will have on the student population.
The President felt that this was something that should be discussed at the forum in terms
of future decisions.
Mr. Gray commented that the University should work very hard at trying to maintain the
kind of civilization that we, as Canadians, think is important.
Dr. MacEntee l        That the Senate of UBC condemns strongly the
Mr. Gray i        behaviour of the RCMP against the rights to
free speech, peaceful protest and
demonstration of our faculty and students
during the recent APEC meeting.
The President turned the chair over to the Vice Chair, Dr. Knight.
Mr. Brady suggested that discussion of the motion be postponed until the January
meeting by which time Senate will have more information concerning this issue.
Dr. Harrison i        That discussion of the motion be postponed to
Mr. Gorman i        the January 21, 1998 meeting of Senate.
Carried.
The President encouraged members to attend the forthcoming forum on this issue, and to
submit ideas to the President's Office on the format and structure of the forum.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Reports of Committees of Senate
ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
Faculty of Science - proposal that Applied Physics 11 and 12 be accepted as the equivalent of
Physics 11 for admission purposes
Dr. Harrison, chair of the committee, presented the report. The committee recommended
approval of a proposal from the Faculty of Science that the combination of Applied
Physics 11 and 12 be accepted as the equivalent of Physics 11 for the purpose of
admission to UBC and as a prerequisite for further Physics courses, and that the policy be
reviewed by the Department and Faculty three years after the first high school graduates
with Applied Physics 12 enter UBC.
Dr. Harrison i        That Senate approve the proposal of the
Mr. Gorman J        Faculty of Science that the combination of
Applied Physics 11 and 12 be accepted as the
equivalent of Physics 11 for the purposes of
admission to UB C and as a prerequisite for
further Physics courses, and that the policy be
reviewed by the Department and Faculty three
years after the first high school graduates with
Applied Physics 12 enter UBC.
Carried.
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
See APPENDIX.
Dr. Berger, chair of the committee, presented the report on curriculum proposals from the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration.
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Berger drew attention to proposed changes in the International Resource Systems
Program making the program more flexible by reducing to three credits each of the
requirements in English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, the intent being to free up
space that will be devoted to electives specific to a resource area or regional specialization
within the program.
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Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Dr. Berger explained that two new courses, COMM 473 and 493, were components of
the Commerce minor program which is currently available to students in the Faculty of
Science and will be available to students in the Faculty of Forestry, if the Forestry
proposals are approved in January.
Dr. Berger l        That the proposals of the Faculties of
Dr. Benbasat i       Agricultural Sciences and Commerce and
Business Administration be approved.
In response to a query as to how students will meet the requirement of three credits of cultural
diversity in the second year of the International Resource System Program, Dr. Berger explained
that Faculty advisors maintain a list of courses that have been pre-approved for the particular
category.
The motion was
put and carried.
TRIBUTES COMMITTEE
In the absence of the chair of the committee, Dean McBride, Dr. Slonecker read to Senate
the following memorial minutes which had been prepared in accordance with the custom
of Senate.
MEMORIAL MINUTE
DONOVAN MILLER
The University of British Columbia is very fortunate to have a large and dedicated
alumni eager to provide expertise, guidance and support to the University. With the
recent passing of Donovan Miller and Chief Justice Nathan Nemetz, this university
lost two individuals who personified the spirit of UBC, and who gave generously of
their time and resources to its betterment.
Donovan Miller was born in Winnipeg in 1917. He received his early education there
and in Edmonton, and moved to Vancouver in 1936. He intended to enroll at UBC,
but World War Two intervened. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders and served as a
Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval
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Volunteer Reserve, seeing action on the Atlantic and in Europe between 1941 and
1945. After the War he joined thousands of returning soldiers at UBC where, in 1947,
he earned a degree in Commerce.
Degree in hand, he joined the Canadian Fishing Company Limited and through hard
work and creative management, rose through various departments until 1984 when he
retired as Chairman of the Board and President of that company.
Mr. Miller was also recipient of the Sloan Fellowship in 1954-55 at which time he
attended MIT and earned a master of science degree in business administration.
Throughout his life, he gave generously of his time and talents to public service. He
was particularly interested in matters surrounding the fishery and worked with both
Canadian and Japanese organizations and the Canada-Japan Society to improve and
preserve the industry. He was also very active in the Scouting movement, serving as
president of the National Council from 1978 to 1980.
Mr. Miller was particularly dedicated to his alma mater. He became active in the
Alumni Association shortly after graduation and was elected president in 1960. In
1962 he was elected by Convocation to the Senate which he served until 1970. From
1963 to 1972 he served on the University's Board of Governors during those difficult
years. In recognition of his concern for UBC and his insight into its workings, he was
elected Chancellor in 1975.
He was awarded many honours in his lifetime, including the Order of Canada, Order
of Sacred Treasure of Japan 3rd Class, Silver Wolf - Boy Scouts of Canada and the
Queen's Medal.
Donovan Miller was a wise and trusted friend of this university. He cared deeply
about UBC and felt an abiding pride in its accomplishments.
To his wife Katherine and to the surviving members of his family, the Board of
Governors and the Senate of The University of British Columbia extends their deepest
sympathy.
Dr. Slonecker l        That the memorial tribute for Donovan Miller
Dr. Burns i        ^e recorded in the minutes of Senate, and that
a copy be sent to his wife, Mrs. Katherine
Miller.
Carried.
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MEMORIAL MINUTE
NALHAN NEMELZ
Chief Justice Nathan Nemetz was born in Winnipeg in 1913 and moved with his
family to Vancouver when he was 10. He received a bachelor's degree in History at
UBC in 1934 and was called to the Bar in 1937.
Mr. Nemetz was a passionate and articulate supporter of civil and human rights all his
life. He was a founding member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union in Vancouver,
and was active in the 1950s lobbying for anti-discrimination legislation in BC. He co-
chaired the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews in the 1950s, served as president
of B'nai Brith and was involved with the Canadian Jewish Congress.
His strong social consciousness also affected the direction and growth of his
professional career. Before the beginning of the Second World War he became
involved in labour law as a way of dealing with the high unemployment of the time.
He represented unions and workers' associations in Vancouver and represented the
Marine Workers' Union in the last BC case to be appealed to the Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council in London.
In 1963 his hard work and extraordinary abilities resulted in his appointment to the
Supreme Court of BC. Ten years later he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme
Court, then in 1978 he became chief justice of the BC Court of Appeal, the highest
judicial post in the province. In a special edition of UBC's Law Review in 1988, Justice
Peter Seaton summed up his career eloquently, calling him 'the leading judicial
administrator in Canada.'
In spite of his demanding career, Chief Justice Nemetz gave much time and expertise
to his alma mater. He was active in the Alumni Association from graduation and
became its president in 1956. He served on the university's Senate from 1957 to 1963,
and on the Board of Governors from 1957 to 1968. He was chairman of the Board
from 1965 to 1968.
He also served as Chancellor of UBC from 1972 to 1975. He was given an Honorary
Degree in 1975.
Mr. Nemetz was an early supporter of the World of Opportunity Campaign. As a
member of the Campaign's Leadership Advisory Committee, he helped develop the
aims and focus of the campaign in its beginning stages. Through the campaign, his
many friends and colleagues established the Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History
at UBC in recognition of his contribution to Canadian society.
Throughout his life, he maintained a strong affection for his alma mater and a deep
concern for its development. The University of British Columbia has had few
graduates as distinguished and dedicated as Nathan Nemetz.
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Faculty of Graduate Studies
To his son, Peter, his surviving family and his host of friends, the Board of Governors
and the Senate of The University of British Columbia extend their deepest sympathies.
Dr. Slonecker l        That the memorial tribute for Nathan Nemetz
Mr. Gorman i        ^e recorded in the minutes of Senate, and that
a copy be sent to his son, Mr. Peter Nemetz.
Carried.
Faculty of Graduate Studies
NAMING OF THE ASA AND KASHMIR JOHAL CHAIR OF INDIAN RESEARCH
Dean Granot explained that Senate had approved the establishment of the chair in May of
1993 and that the proposal before Senate was to recognize the donor by naming the chair
the Asa and Kashmir Johal Chair of Indian Research.
Dean Granot l        That the proposal to name the endowed chair
Dr. Isaacson i        ^e Asa and Kashmir Johal Chair of Indian
Research be approved.
Carried.
Reports from the Vice President Academic and Provost
PROPOSAL FOR THE MERGER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH WITH THE
DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC AND ITALIAN STUDIES
Dr. Birch i        That Senate approve and recommend to the
Dean Neuman i        Board of Governors, the establishment of a
new Department of French, Hispanic and
Italian Studies, effective April 1, 1998, and the
disestablishment of the Department of French
and the Department of Hispanic and Italian
Studies, effective April 1, 1998.
In presenting the proposal for the merger of the two departments, Dean Neuman referred
to the motion approved by Senate in May 1994 recommending that the minimum size for
departments, schools and divisions be 15 full-time faculty members
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in the department. The Dean presented background information on the proposed merger,
giving reasons for this undertaking, noting objections raised by graduate students, and
explaining the academic advantages.
Dean Neuman's comments focussed on the information contained in the following report,
which had been circulated to Senate:
Background
An earlier proposed merger between French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, and
Germanic Studies was called off in light of opposition from faculty members, and the
fact that it was structured around expensive renovations.
Since the earlier proposed merger was called off, three factors have come into play:
• while the members of the Department of French, in particular, who were most
opposed to the merger had been vocal in their resistance, when it was called off
several colleagues expressed regret that it had not happened, indicating that they
had found considerable potential for intellectual and program collaboration in it;
• the current head of Hispanic and Italian Studies steps down at the end of this
academic year. There is no senior member of the department both able and willing
to take on the role of head. The department, to stay free-standing, is therefore in
need of an external head. It is also in great need of a position in twentieth-century
Latin American and Hispanic literature, all the more so given recent emphasis in
the central administration on Latin America. There are not the resources for both a
head and a faculty position; the needs of the teaching programs suggest the
wisdom of finding another solution to the problem of a head;
• the Department of French has stable enrolments in the first two years of its
programs and declining enrolments in the third and fourth years (this after two
years of sharp enrolment increases in the Faculty of Arts as a whole). At the same
time, its faculty complement is likely to remain the same over the next year; there
are no imminent retirements in the department. It needs, therefore, to find ways to
collaborate with other units outside its own current programs in order to carry its
share of teaching in the Faculty. One way to do this is to merge with Hispanic and
Italian, two cognate languages, and to work with them to develop programs in
Romance Studies; such programs would give students (both undergraduate and
graduate) a broader-based expertise when they leave the university for the job
market.
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Action
In light of these considerations, and as a Dean's action, the Departments of French
and of Hispanic and Italian Studies are to be merged into a Department of French,
Hispanic and Italian Studies effective April 1, 1998. The most important details are:
• the current majors of the two departments will be retained in the merged
department. But the merged department is also asked to develop some shared
courses and programs (e.g. literary theory, literary methodology, Romance
Studies). The merger will have no impact on students' abilities to complete their
programs;
• the current Head of French will complete his term as Head of the new Department
of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies;
• the new department is to operate with a single committee and administrative
structure, with representation from both the former departments on all
committees;
• the office of the French Department will be restructured in terms of its staffing to
enable it to take on the additional work the new, larger department will impose;
• an Associate Dean will act as a facilitator over the next months as the two
departments forge a single Handbook of administrative procedures.
The current Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies has also been home to the
remnants of the Slavic Studies program since the demise of that department. That
program, which now has only two tenure-track faculty members, one due to retire by
the turn of the century, is to be in the short-term under the supervision of an Associate
Dean of Arts. The two faculty members have expressed some interest in an alternative
arrangement which would see them affiliated in the long term with another
department; this option will be explored.
Living through a merger is never easy and I don't expect this one will be entirely easy
for our colleagues in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies. We have
tried to frame this one to minimize its irritants and to make possible productive new
collaborations. It has been undertaken after considerable consultation with both the
current heads over the summer and fall. I think it fair to say that while neither
department is wildly enthusiastic about the proposal, the Department of Hispanic and
Italian Studies has come to recognize its necessity and many members of the
Department of French see some possibility for fruitful collaboration in it.
In addition, Dean Neuman explained that if this measure is not taken, it will cost the
Faculty of Arts $200,000 to hire someone with academic expertise and to hire a new
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external head, and the Faculty of Arts does not have the money in its budget, nor is it
likely to have it in its future budget.
Dean Neuman also explained that when considering the proposed merger, she looked at
models for such mergers, including models in Quebec. She stated that there are several
models for combined language departments. Many departments in the United States and a
few in Canada have departments of Romance Languages or Romance Studies, that is
Departments of French, Hispanic and Italian, which is the model being proposed. Dean
Neuman also looked at French-speaking universities, largely because of the claims being
made that it is a sacrilege against Canadian society to merge a French department with
another department because French is one of the two official languages of the country. In
Quebec, the Universite de Montreal has a separate Department of French; the Universite
de Quebec a Montreal has a Department of Languages and Linguistics in which they
teach all languages, and a Departement des litteratures which is a francophone
department teaching literary theory, discourse analysis and literary writing; the Universite
de Laval has an ecole des langues vivantes in which many languages are taught, and a
Departement des litteratures in which the literature of many countries is taught. Dean
Neuman said that, given the example of Laval, she could not accept the argument that
UBC is going against the grain of what happens in Canadian academia by implementing
the proposed merger. Dean Neuman also said she could not accept the argument that
students who come out of a Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies will not
be able to get jobs because they have come out of a mixed department.
The Dean stated that this was a situation in which the Faculty was attempting to preserve
as much of the teaching as possible in both departments, given the current
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very difficult budget circumstances, and this was being done by taking money out of
administration. She said that there are several academic advantages to this merger in
addition to scarce faculty resources being put into teaching and not into administration.
The resources put into teaching will strengthen Latin-American Studies, which is an
announced interdisciplinary and area study priority of the central administration and the
Faculty. Other advantages listed by the Dean include: reduction of administrative
workloads through introduction of one structure of committees where previously there
had been two; creation of collaborations in teaching and research, some of which are
already anticipated by the more willing of colleagues in the two departments; facilitation
of development of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level in which
students could become multilingual and multi-cultural in their expertise, thus facilitating
the employment of undergraduates in the world of "globalization" and facilitating the
employment of graduate students in an academic market in which "downsizing" of
language and literature departments has been particularly severe with a consequent
demand for candidates with more than one area of expertise; facilitation of participation
in interdisciplinary courses.
Dean Neuman concluded her remarks by informing Senate that the department will be
asked to produce a report about the way in which it will create programs and the report
will go through normal procedures of approval in the department, Faculty and Senate.
She stated that fears that the expertise of students will be undermined by the merger are
unfounded.
In the discussion that followed, Dr. Levine enquired about enrolment levels in the
Departments of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies. Dean Neuman responded by
summarizing teaching workload statistics for the departments in question.
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In response to a query by Dr. Schutz, Dean Neuman assured Senate that all departmental
programs will be maintained. She stated that there was an explicit understanding that the
graduate and undergraduate programs in the departments to be merged will be
maintained.
Ms. Lerchs asked if Dean Neuman classified the French Department as a francophone
department. Dean Neuman responded that the department operates in both French and
English. The secretaries in the department, who are bi-lingual, will still work in the new
department. She did not feel that concerns expressed about which language will be spoken
at departmental meetings were insurmountable. In response to a further query as to
whether Hispanic and Italian Studies will be subsumed by the larger faculty ratio of the
French Department, Dean Neuman stated that it is always a concern when smaller
departments are merged with larger ones. However, she felt that as the committee
structure is to be set up in such a way that there has to be participation from members of
both units she believed that this would not be a problem.
Mr. Pacradouni noted that, according to Dean Neuman's report, several colleagues had
expressed regret when the merger was called off, and asked if the majority of the faculty
in the French department were for or against the merger. Dean Neuman responded that
there were two years of debate in which some people were for and some against the
proposed merger. However, recently she had only heard from three members of the
department, including the head, all expressing their support for the proposal. No other
opinions had been received.
Ms. Lerchs drew attention to a report prepared by the Student Committee for the
Integrity of the Department of French, noting that on page 4 it was stated that there was
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a likelihood that some classes will be given in English. Dean Neuman responded that the
notion arose in response to a specific question as to what the French Department could do
to increase enrolment. One of the things the Dean said she suggested was the development
of a very low level course that might be in English and might be about Spanish, Italian
and French literature, but it would not be for credit towards the major in French.
Mr. Yaworsky asked if the Dean was considering similar actions with regard to other
small departments in the Faculty of Arts, such as the Department of Linguistics. The Dean
responded that in some cases it is difficult to find appropriate spots in which to
amalgamate smaller departments when there is no obvious connection.
Mr. Pacradouni observed that comparisons had been made to North American
Universities and the universities in French Canada. He said UBC usually compares itself to
McGill or Toronto, which both have separate French Departments. He noted that
Queen's University also has a separate French Department, but that it has a joint Faculty
of Science and Arts. Mr. Pacradouni said the most compelling argument for the merger
seemed to be that there is no-one to fill the position of head in the Department of
Hispanic and Italian Studies, and felt that this proposal would not necessarily be before
Senate if that were not the case.
Dr. Hodgson, Head of the Department of French, was invited to speak. Dr. Hodgson
stated that two major concerns had been expressed by graduate students, one being that
the existing programs would be negatively affected. Dr. Hodgson said he was confident
that the commitment made by Dean Neuman to maintain the existing programs will
continue, assuming that enrolments remain at their present levels, or
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increase in the case of third and fourth years. The other major concern expressed was that
there would be an increased number of courses offered in English. Dr. Hodgson said his
understanding is that the courses the department is being asked to consider developing
would by no means be compulsory for students in the majors or honours programs in
French.
Mr. Tse stated that, given the amount of effort that had obviously gone into the
document prepared by the Student Committee for the Integrity of the Department of
French, and the fact that members of Senate had not had the opportunity to read it, as
well as the number of signatures collected on the petition, he thought that Mr. Jerome
Loisel, a member of the committee, should be given the opportunity to address Senate.
Mr. Tse l        That Mr. Jerome Loisel be allowed to address
Mr. Pacradouni J        Senate.
Carried.
Mr. Loisel spoke briefly to the report, explaining that the committee represented both
graduate and undergraduate students in French. He referred to the 250 signatures on the
petition included in the report, registering opposition to the proposed merger. Mr. Loisel
stated that although only a fraction of the students could be reached due to exams, he
thought that the majority of students would not want the merger to go ahead. The
committee also considered itself at least partially representative of the members of the
Department of French, the majority of whom, in 1994, voted to demand the continued
independence existence of the department. Mr. Loisel drew attention to various parts of
the report, such as media concern, comments on the quality of education in a Canadian
context, concern that reading in translation will become
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common practice, and the belief that interdisciplinarity will not benefit from a merger
because rather than putting many disciplines in contact with one another, the
administrative change amalgamates them into one new, hybrid discipline. In summary,
Mr. Loisel stated that he believes that the merger does not respect the spirit of the
recommendations of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on University Organization, that it
will hinder the quality of education and that it will have a negative social and cultural
impact. Mr. Loisel also believed that there was no consultation on this matter, and since
the committee's main objective was to use consultation he felt that this was also going
against the spirit of the Senate committee's recommendations. Mr. Loisel concluded his
remarks by reading to Senate the eight recommendations contained in the report.
I	
The motion to approve the establishment
|  of a new Department of French, Hispanic
and Italian Studies, and the
disestablishment of the Department of
French and the Department of Hispanic
and Italian Studies, was put and carried.
Procedure
The chair reminded members that at the Senate meeting at which recommendations for
honorary degree candidates are presented for approval, the procedure is that an in camera
session will be called at the completion of regular business, or at 9:30 p.m., whichever is
the earlier. Consideration of the remaining agenda items, therefore, was deferred until
after the recommendations for Honorary Degrees had been dealt with.
Report of the Tributes Committee (in camera)
HONORARY DEGREES
In the absence of the chair of the committee, Dean McBride, Dr. Slonecker presented the
report. The committee recommended that the following be invited to accept honorary
degrees at the 1998 congregation ceremonies:
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Report of the Tributes Committee (in camera)
This section of the minutes is not being circulated.
Dr. Slonecker l        That the recommendations of the Tributes
Mr. Gorman i        Committee concerning honorary degrees be
approved.
Carried.
Dr. Slonecker also noted that Richard Goldstone and P. Roy Vagelos who were unable to
attend the 1997 ceremonies would be accepting honorary degrees in 1998.
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Report of the Tributes Committee (in camera)
EMERITUS STATUS
The committee recommended that the following be offered emeritus status as of January
1, 1998:
Dr. D. M. Beach
Associate Professor Emeritus of English
Dr. A. P. Benguerel
Professor Emeritus of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Dr. P. Bragg
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Dr. A. V. Bree
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Dr. R. W. Carlisle
Associate Professor Emeritus of Curriculum Studies
Dr. E. V. Chamberlain
Associate Professor Emerita of Family and Nutritional Sciences
Dr. T. S. Cook
Assistant Professor Emerita of Educational Studies
Mr. D. J. Dennis
Administrative Librarian Emeritus
Mrs. M. Devenyi
Lecturer Emerita of Chemistry
Dr. K. A. Dusing
Assistant Professor Emerita of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
Dr. J. D. Forbes
Professor Emeritus of Commerce and Business Administration
Ms. N. Forbes
General Librarian Emerita
Dr. A. D. Forward
Associate Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Mr. G. C. Freeman
Administrative Librarian Emeritus
Dr. C. I. Godwin
Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Mrs. A. Gomes
Senior Instructor Emerita of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Dr. G. R. Gray
Associate Professor Emeritus of Pathology
Mr. R. J. Hall
Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Film & Creative Writing
Dr. R. D. Hare
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Dr. T. Heaver
Professor Emeritus of Commerce and Business Administration
Dr. P. G. Hill
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. C. W. Humphries
Associate Professor Emeritus of History
Mr. H R. Hurt
Administrative Librarian Emeritus
Dr. A. Lukasevich
Assistant Professor Emerita of Language Education
Dr. R. N. MacGregor
Professor Emeritus of Curriculum Studies
Mr. A. McLeod
Senior Instructor Emeritus of Curriculum Studies
Dr. P. J. Middleton
Professor Emeritus of Pathology
Dr. H. F. Mizgala
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Dr. R. T. Morrison
Associate Professor Emeritus of Radiology
Dr. G. W. Poling
Professor Emeritus of Mining and Mineral Process Engineering
Dr. C. F. Schwerdtfeger
Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. G. D. Sinclair
Associate Professor Emeritus of Human Kinetics
Dr. J. P. Skala
Professor Emeritus of Paediatrics
Dr. E. Vizsolyi
Senior Instructor Emerita of Zoology
Dr. L. M. Wedepohl
Dean Emeritus of Applied Science
Dr. R. Wong
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Dr. Slonecker
Dean Granot
}
That the recommendations of the Tributes
Committee concerning emeritus status be
approved.
Carried.
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Reports from the Vice President Academic and Provost (continued)
Reports from the Vice President Academic and Provost (continued)
PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CENTRE FOR
DISEASE CONTROL
Dr. Birch i        That Senate approve and recommend approval
Dean Cairns i        ^J ^e Board of Governors of the proposal
from the Faculty of Medicine to establish The
University of British Columbia Centre for
Disease Control.
Carried.
PROVOST'S REPORT ON FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES
AT UBC
Vice President Birch informed Senate that there will be a report on First Nations
Programs and Academic Initiatives at UBC recording some very substantial achievements
over the past 25 years and also highlighting the fact there is still room for improvement.
Dr. Birch i        That Senate endorse and recommend to the
Dr. Kirkness i        Board of Governors the goal of enrolling
1,000 First Nations students by the year 2000
and encourage Faculties to implement
appropriately the Senate-approved policy on
the admission of First Nations students.
In speaking to the proposal Vice President Birch said that the reason for endorsing this
proposal is to convey the sense that UBC is serious about its policy. He said this was not
only an internal matter but as Indian Affairs has reduced its support for university
students at a time when the number of First Nations students is increasing in universities
and colleges, the communities from which they come make their support conditional on
their perception that institutions are serious about wanting to receive First Nations
students, and about enhancing their participation in those institutions. It is at the urging
of the President's Advisory Committee for the First Nations House of Learning that the
proposal is being brought to Senate for endorsement.
Dr. Kirkness, former Director of the First Nations House of Learning, spoke in support of
the proposal, commending Dr. Birch and the President's Office in instituting
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an initiative which has increased the access opportunities for First Nations students. In
order to achieve the goal of 1,000 students by the year 2000, Dr. Kirkness suggested that
Faculties and departments must be more involved in opening their doors and making
more courses available to attract First Nations students.
In response to a concern expressed by Mr. Gray, Vice President Birch explained that it
was a target that was being proposed, not a quota.
The motion was
put and carried.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON THE VALUE AND EVALUATION OF
TEACHING
Vice President Birch presented the report, which had been circulated for information. He
suggested that the Senate Agenda Committee consider where this report might usefully be
directed; one possibility being the Senior Appointments Committee.
POLICY ON REVIEWS OF ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS
Vice President Birch noted that Senate has had a long-standing policy on the review of
academic units, approved by Senate in September 1977 and reviewed in May 1983. In
recommending that the Academic Policy Committee review this specific policy to ascertain
whether it is appropriate in its current form, Vice President Birch noted that many of
Senate's policies are not that accessible and recommended that the Academic Policy
Committee should be asked to consider whether particular policies of Senate, which are
not in the Calendar, should be included in the UBC Policy Handbook.
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Reports from the Vice President Academic and Provost (continued)
Dr. Birch i        That Senate refer to the Senate Academic
Dr. Gilbert i        Policy Committee the task of:
1. consulting with Deans, Heads and
Directors, reviewing and revising as
appropriate, Senate's Statement of
Policy on the Reviews of Administrative
Units;
2. recommending to Senate on the
inclusion of Senate-approved policies,
including this one, in the UBC Policy
Handbook.
Carried.
TRANSITION SCHOOL
A brief report on the Transition School, a joint project of the University and the
Vancouver School Board, had been circulated for information. Vice President Birch
explained that a number of years ago, Senate undertook to establish a policy that would
enable those few bright high school students within reach of the University, to enrol in a
university course while still enrolled in secondary school. He stated that a recurring issue
has been UBC's limit of 12 credits on concurrent studies. The Transition School's
presence on campus and the kind of students it enrols were not anticipated at the time
that limit was established. Vice President Birch therefore recommended that the policy
should be reconsidered.
Dr. Birch i        That Senate refer to the Senate Admissions
Dr. Rosengarten i        Committee for reconsideration its current
policy on concurrent studies.
In response to a query, Vice President Birch confirmed that, with more and more courses
being offered on-line, students outside of the Vancouver area will be able to enrol in
concurrent studies.
The motion was
put and carried.
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President's Report on the Vision Statement
DEGREE PROGRAM REVIEW COMMITTEE
Vice President Birch presented a report on the Degree Program Review Committee that
had been circulated for information. He noted that there are now 28 post-secondary
institutions in the province, 14 of which have the right to grant degrees, and explained
that the Degree Program Review Committee is a mechanism that the Ministry established
to ensure that there was some degree of consistency in the quality of new degree
programs.
EVALUATION OF TEACHING
Vice President Birch explained that one of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc
Committee on Teaching Evaluation (1990) is that the Vice President Academic report
annually on the evaluation of teaching. He noted, however, that the report circulated
covers 1996 and 1997.
President's Report on the Vision Statement
Dr. Knight assumed the chair while the President presented her report on the vision
statement. President Piper noted that the document circulated at the meeting completed
the first phase in the drafting of the vision statement. She stated that extensive changes
had been made to the original document as a result of discussions in Senate, discussions
with the President's Advisory Council, student senators and deans. President Piper stated
that the document had been circulated widely on campus and that it is in the process of
being mailed to alumni. The contents of the document will be placed on the web and into
many local papers throughout the province, including UBC Reports, and will be
circulated to other universities.
President Piper drew attention to the preparation schedule for the vision statement,
stating that the process for receiving input to prepare the "green paper stage" of the
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vision document will run through the end of January. The President thanked members of
Senate for input provided to date, and stated that it was critical that small group
discussions take place among faculty, staff and students to assist in the process of
developing a vision for UBC.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
Next meeting
The next regular meeting of Senate will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 1998.
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Appendix
Appendix
COURSE AND CURRICULUM PROPOSALS
Faculty of Agricultural Science
Plant Science
Change PLNT 331 - change title, description, hours
International Resource Systems
Change in program description
Food Science
Change in Program Requirement from BIOE 300 to FOOD 300
Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration
New courses        COMM 473 (3) Business Finance
COMM 493 (3) Strategic Management in Business
Changes COMM 349, 447 - change in title and description
COMM 449 - change in title, description and deletion of prerequisite
COMM 378 - change in title, description and prerequisite
Program changes to Fourth Year of Transportation and Logistics
Co-operative Education Program - change in Calendar entry

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